Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries

Key information

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FHEQ Level
School of Arts & Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Module overview

The Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries will take a topic agreed with the programme convenor and the candidate’s supervisor.

The dissertation will be either an essay of 9,000-10,000 words, or an equivalent made up by a portfolio of a written essay and multimedia elements. Where multimedia elements are to be included, the balance between written essay and multimedia elements must be agreed in advance with the programme convenor and the supervisor. The multimedia elements must relate to the written essay, must constitute academic research, and may include original compositions, film, audio, and/or still images.

The Dissertation will normally follow the ‘pathway’ chosen by the student in their second core course but may alternatively be based on a theoretical issue in the study of global creative and cultural industries. The Dissertation can also be linked to optional courses, including the skills courses (Digital and Traditional Broadcasting Communication, Sound Recording and Production, and Media Production Skills) and the course Directed Studies in Industry, thereby allowing students to focus on their personal disciplinary, geographic, skills-based or thematic interests.

Students are allocated a dissertation supervisor early in the second term. Students can expect three substantive supervisions each of one hour in duration with the allocated supervisor. The role of the supervisor is to assist the student in reaching an agreed topic, to approve the plan of work, to help the student with any problems that arise, to advise on sources, etc.

Objectives and learning outcomes

On successful completion of the dissertation student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their capacity to carry out a substantial piece of academic work on a selected topic within the creative and cultural industry field. 
  • Defined a topic, and articulated a coherent scheme for researching and presenting this topic for examination.
  • Gathered relevant information, analysing and presenting this information in a way that assesses the topic in an informed and academic way.

Method of assessment

  • 1,500-word annotated bibliography (worth 10% of marks)
  • 10,000-word dissertation submitted by the School dissertation deadline (worth 90%)


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